Oprah came to Georgia for Stacey Abrams, Obama came to Georgia for Abrams, Actor Will Ferrell came to Georgia and knocked on doors for Abrams, singer John Legend came to Georgia for Abrams, and rapper Ludicrous helped to raise a massive amount money for her campaign.
Even the heavily armed New Black Panthers came out for Abrams, as they patrolled the streets in their neighborhood, yelling into the windows of cars passing by, telling them to vote for Abrams. In spite of all of the attention Georgia’s Democrat – Socialist candidate for governor received from the Democrat Party, Hollywood, and the adoring mainstream media, Stacey Abrams still fell short by 58,150 votes of her goal to defeat her Republican opponent Brian Kemp and become Georgia’s first black female governor.
Since Abrams was unable to defeat Kemp in the traditional way, by counting votes, she and her team have decided to try a new approach—suing to force the entire state of Georgia to vote again for governor. Her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp leads Abrams with 50.2% of the vote, which is just above the 50% threshold needed for a runoff election in December.
According to AP News – Stacey Abrams’ campaign is currently preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor’s race that could leave the state’s Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting.
The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign that’s been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.
Top Abrams advisers outlined her prospective case to The Associated Press, stressing that the Democratic candidate hasn’t finalized a decision about whether to proceed once state officials certify Kemp as the victor. That could happen as early as Friday evening.
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised. Abrams would then decide whether to go to court under a provision of Georgia election law that allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.”
The legal team is “considering all options,” Lawrence-Hardy said, including federal court remedies. But the state challenge is the most drastic. And some Democratic legal observers note Abrams would be dependent on statutes that set a high bar for the court to intervene.
Kemp’s campaign, which already has shifted into transition mode presuming he’ll be inaugurated in January, said Abrams is pushing a “publicity stunt” and said her refusal to concede is a “ridiculous temper tantrum.”
Abrams would assert that enough irregularities occurred to raise the possibility that at least 18,000 Georgians either had their ballots thrown out or were not allowed to vote.
Lawrence-Hardy told the AP that Abrams will weigh legal considerations alongside her belief that many of her backers — particularly minority and poorer voters who don’t regularly go to the polls — heeded her call to participate and ran into barriers.